60 Years Peacekeeping1958 - 2018

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Ireland's first Peacekeeping deployment in 1958.

Since then, Ireland have maintained the longest unbroken service on the front line of peace with over 70,000 individual tours of duty completed by the men and women of Óglaigh na hÉireann.

This year, we remember the 87 members of the Defence Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of Peace.

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03rd October 2016 - LÉ Samuel Beckett Rescues 128* Migrants.

Earlier today, following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, the LÉ Samuel Beckett successfully located and rescued a total of 128* migrants during two search and rescue operations.

The first rescue operation commenced at 8.30am where 19 migrants were rescued from the water 42 nautical miles NE of Tripoli.

The migrants were brought on board LÉ Samuel Beckett, where they received food, water and medical treatment where required.

The 19 Migrants were then transferred to another ship operating in the area, the MV Dignity 1.
In a second operation, 109 migrants were rescued from a rubber craft and brought on board LÉ Samuel Beckett, where they received food, water and medical treatment where required.

The 109 migrants are currently being transferred to the MV Dignity 1.

To date, Irish participation in the humanitarian mission has resulted in the rescue of over 12,500 migrants.

*Figures for today's operation are provisional until confirmed by the Italian authorities.

The LÉ Samuel Beckett departed Naval Service Headquarters in Haulbowline, Cork to assist the Italian Authorities in the humanitarian search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean on the 23rd of September.

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The role of the Irish Naval vessel is to provide a search and rescue capability and to undertake humanitarian rescue operations at sea in the Mediterranean. Assistance to persons in distress at sea is provided in accordance with the applicable provisions of international conventions governing search and rescue situations.

Press Release Date: 03rd October 2016

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Pat O’Connor

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

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